Thursday, January 21, 2021

India is now the 2nd worst-hit nation by Covid-19

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With a highest single-day spike of 90,802 cases, India’s Covid-19 tally has surpassed Brazil to become the second worst-hit nation after the US. It is the worst-affected nation by the coronavirus in Asia.

Out of the total 4,204,613 national cases, 8,82,542 are active. 32,50,429 have recovered from the coronavirus in India, although 71,642 have lost the battle against the deadly virus.

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While the recovery rate was at a whopping high of 77.32 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.72 per cent.

India has seen almost 200,000 cases in just two days. A majority of the cases come from five states: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 8,83,862 cases and 26,276 deaths. Other states that have seen high rates of coronavirus infections are Delhi, West Bengal, and Bihar.

According to data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted a record 7,20,362 tests in a single day on 6 September, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 4,95,51,507.

On the global front, India now rallies behind the United States which has recorded 6,275,614 cases and 188,932 deaths so far. There are concerns that India has yet to see its peak in recorded cases.

READ ALSO: India is key for global access to a COVID-19 vaccine – here’s why

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